Bay Area Author Event: Lauren Kate

Today at Kepler's

Lauren Kate
Tuesday, June 14, 7:00 p.m.

Before Luce and Daniel met at Sword & Cross and fought immortals at Shoreline, they lived many lives. Find out about them in Passion.
Lauren Kate is the author of the international bestsellers Fallen and Torment, and The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove

NYMBC: This is Teen book event

Not Your Mother's Book Club presents This is Teen! Books Inc. is the only West Coast stop on the This is Teen Tour, featuring authors Maggie Stiefvater, Meg Cabot and Libba Bray!
The event will be hosted at Books Inc. Opera Plaza, and they are the ONLY outlet for tickets to this event.
Tickets are available with the purchase of any book published by Scholastic by Libba, Maggie or Meg. One ticket per book purchased, tickets are available starting May 13th.

Books Inc. in Opera Plaza
601 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, California 94102

Waiting on Wednesday: Illuminated by Erica Orloff

Jill over at Breaking the Spine created the Waiting on Wednesday meme for us bloggers to showcase books we're waiting on.

This week I have selected Illuminated by Erica Orloff. Ok, to start off can we say...serious cover LUST!! This cover is so beautiful, romantic and mysterious and after I read the pitch I was left wanting.

An epic romance full of mysteries that transcend time—fans of Romeo and Juliet and The Time Traveler’s Wife will rejoice!

Some loves are not made to last . . . Like Romeo and Juliet, Heloise and Abelard were doomed from the start, and their romance was destined to pass into history. Yet when sixteen-year-old Callie Martin discovers a diary hidden within an antique book, their story—and hers—takes on another life. For the diary leads Callie to the brilliant and handsome August, who is just as mysterious as the secret the diary hides. Their attraction is undeniable. As the two hunt down the truth behind the diary—and that of Heloise and Abelard’s ancient romance—their romance becomes all-consuming. But Callie knows it can’t last . . . love never does. Will their love that burns as bright as a shooting star flame out, or will these star-crossed lovers be able to defy history?

Bay Area Author Event: An Evening with Nail Gaiman

An Evening with Neil Gaiman
First Congregational Church of BerkeleyBerkeley, CAMonday, June 277:30 PMThe Booksmith and Berkeley Arts & Letters Present An Evening with NEIL GAIMAN Celebrating the Tenth Anniversary of American GodsBooksmith + BAL at First Congregational Church of Berkeley2345 Channing Way at Dana, BerkeleyTickets $12, available at Brown Paper Tickets online, or 800-838-3006, and at The Booksmith on Haight Street in San Francisco

Sneak A Peek Saturday: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Sneak a Peek Saturday is a feature that lets you "peek" into an upcoming book. Sometimes, it is a chapter or two and maybe even less, either way it is an amazing opportunity that I enjoy seeking out and sharing.

This Saturday I have selected a book that I became aquainted with at BEA. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin is a wicked cool novel that is earning alot of great buzz and there are a few pages that are available for you to read and get "hooked"

Just click on the book cover and enjoy....and you will be left seriously wanting more.

Mara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

There is.
She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.

She's wrong.

Contest: Graveminder by Melissa Marr


Today, I will meet one of my very favorite authors, the most fabulous Melissa Marr. She wrote the Wicked Lovely series which I just love to pieces and now she has touring with her first adult novel, Graveminder. So, you can only imagine how excited I was when I knew that Melissa was coming out to my neck of the woods. As always, I want to share my good fortune with a lucky follower.
1) Fill out the contest form HERE
2) Contest is open to US contestants only and open until June 20th 2011 PST

Good Luck!!

*book provided and purshased by The Ravenous Reader*

Bay Area Author Event: Melissa Marr at Kepler's

Today at Kepler's Friday, June 3, 7:00 p.m.

Kepler's Books1010 El Camino RealMenlo Park, CA 94025

Melissa Marr, the New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series delivers her first novel for adults, a story about the living, the dead, and a curse that binds them.

Rebekkah Barrow never forgot the tender attention her grandmother, Maylene, bestowed upon the dead of Claysville, the town where Bek spent her adolescence. There wasn't a funeral that Maylene didn't attend, and at each Rebekkah watched as Maylene performed the same unusual ritual: three sips from a small silver flask followed by the words "Sleep well, and stay where I put you."

Now Maylene is dead and Bek must go back to the place--and the man--she left a decade ago. But what she soon discovers is that Maylene was murdered and that there was good reason for her odd traditions. It turns out that in placid Claysville, the worlds of the living and the dead are dangerously connected. Beneath the town lies a shadowy, lawless land ruled by the enigmatic Charles, aka Mr. D--a place from which the dead will return if their graves are not properly minded. Only the Graveminder, a Barrow woman, and the current Undertaker, Byron, can set things to right once the dead begin to walk.

This event is free to the public. If you go please come and say hi. I always want to chat about books.

If you are unable to attend, but would like a signed copy please call the book store and place an order 650-324-4321

Moonglass & We'll Always Have Summer book releases and giveaway

To my followers, I am happy to present a very awesome opportunity


One lucky winner receives a Beach Bound prize pack, including a tote bag and copies of Moonglass and We’ll Always Have Summer!

MOONGLASS by Jessi Kirby
When Anna was little, she and her mother used to search for sea glass, but since they looked at night, they called it moonglass. Now, ten years after her mother's mysterious death, her father is working as head lifeguard on the same beach where her mother grew up and her parents first met and fell in love. Reluctant to get close to anyone (including her father) and not pleased about having to start at a new school, Anna begins to spend more time alone, running the length of the beach and wondering about who her mother really was. After meeting a lifeguard named Tyler, she slowly lets her guard down and together they start exploring the abandoned houses that dot the beach. But when learning more about her mother's past leads to a painful discovery, Anna must reconcile her desire for solitude with ultimately accepting the love of her family and friends. Moonglass is a dazzling debut from an undeniable talent.

We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han
Jenny Han's bestselling trilogy, which includes The Summer I Turned Pretty and It's Not Summer Without You, concludes with an impossible choice in We'll Always Have Summer. Belly has only ever been in love with two boys, both with the last name Fisher. And after being with Jeremiah for the last two years, she's almost positive he is her soul mate. Almost. Conrad has not gotten over the mistake he made when he let Belly go even as Jeremiah has always known that Belly is the girl for him. So when Belly and Jeremiah decide to make things forever, Conrad realizes that it's now or never--tell Belly he loves her, or lose her for good. Belly will have to confront her feelings for Jeremiah and Conrad and face a truth she has possibly always known: she will have to break one of their hearts.

Conrad or Jeremiah : Take the quiz HERE and find out who you really want.

Contest rules:

1) To enter this contest just respond in the comments section, telling me why you want to read these books and don't forget to leave your address so that I may contact you.

2) Contest open until June 15th midnight PST, to US contestants only (sorry)

3) Winner to be selected via random generator


**contest prizes provided by Big Honcho Media**

Waiting on Wednesday: The Doomsday Vault by Steven Harper

Jill over at Breaking the Spine created the Waiting on Wednesday meme for us bloggers to showcase books we're waiting on.

Holy Steampunk, BATMAN! The Doomsday Vault by Steven Harper looks and sounds amazing. This year I have developed an interest in Steampunk literature due to some amazing books that I have read and now I can add this novel to my wish list.

The Doomsday Vault
A Novel of the Clockwork Empire Book One
by Steven Harper
ISBN-13: 978-0451464293

In Book One, THE DOOMSDAY VAULT, Alice Webb and Gavin Michael join an underground police force in Victorian London, where they fight zombies, mad scientists, and air pirates in an attempt to save the British Empire from a terrible plague, only to discover that the cure may be worse than the disease.